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Poster: He Live's Date: Nov 29, 2007 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pros and Cons of the Mickey-Free Dead

i love the post hiatus sound. i think they really re-invented themselves. in theory they "only" added mickey back in. but along with mickey came a new conception for the band. they went after a more PLOTTED, yet GRAND gesture.

instead of the rambling, blues, roots and jazz quintet -- they came back as a MARQUEE ACT -- while before the break they worked as SHAMANS, opening the doors of perception for all to experience, looking earnestly at every turn in the music for the unknown pathways to the cosmic -- the post break sextet became pilots of THE GRATEFUL DEAD STARSHIP -- jerry and bobby are your tourguides, commanding the perfomance like KIRK FROM THE BRIDGE, pointing to new worlds, but often passing from a distance....

IMHO, billy kreutzmann's star shone brightest before the break....his RIDE CYMBAL alone propelled the group through some of the deepest, white-hot freely improvised jams the group ever played. i started listening to A LOT OF 1970-71 about a year ago and was blown away by the drums. i never realized how GREAT BK was!

after the break the drums became the engine of the big starship....but like the engine of a crown vic (vs. a porsche)...the POWER WAS FELT but NOT EXPERIENCED

[...]"billy k"

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2007-11-29 22:00:20